William Carlos Williams
New Jersey
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Queen Anne's Lace

Rating: 2.9
Her body is not so white as
anemone petals nor so smooth--nor
so remote a thing. It is a field
of the wild carrot taking
thefield by force; the grass
does not raise above it.
Here is no question of whiteness,
white as can be, with a purple mole
at the center of each flower.
Each flower is a hand's span
of her whiteness. Wherever
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Susan Williams 19 October 2015
Critics and professors take on literature like it is a treasure map and its words are difficult codes that must be broken to understand the poet. Hate to carry my flag of individualism out on this cultural battlefield, but a poet or a novelist should speak both plainly and somewhat mysteriously to his audience. If his work is too simple- yawn. If his work is too difficult to understand- yawn. For me this poem compares a woman to a flower in a romantic sensual way. It is beautiful, it is natural, it is part of the natural scheme of life.
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Christopher Ramos 28 July 2012
Line 12 is incorrect.
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